Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pinoy Fear Factor

If in Survivor Philippines, the contestants are running around half-naked all the time, Pinoy Fear Factor has bodies almost always covered. When doing stunts, they're padded with lots of protective gear, effectively concealing their bikinis. When at rest, they're buried under bulky warm clothing. (The show was shot in the middle of winter in Argentina.) So even though the guys assembled are cute to hot, this is no flesh marathon.

But Fear Factor has always been sneakily sexy (those quick bikini changes), and also sexy-weird: With pretty faces mussied by cockroaches or skinny dipping against snakes, bodies hurtled and abused, crashing into metal and glass, vomiting, the assorted paraphernalia and some participants' shaved armpits, this is likely guilty pleasure for the extreme fetishist.

That said, the network's attempts to spice up the show with vanilla -- such as "punishments" for losers, which include stripdancing (Jommy Teotico) and serving food in women's bikini (Marion Dela Cruz), or building up kilig loveteams or hyping the possibility that one contestant might be gay (Marion again) -- seems slightly incongruous to the hardcore nature of the game. Ultimately, the real hook of Pinoy Fear Factor is that it's the most elaborate obstacle course on TV, a completely watchable sports program on primetime.

The male "participantes" are Elmer Felix, Jommy Teotico, Jose Sarasola, Manuel Chua, Marion Dela Cruz, Ram Sagad, RJ Calipus. The women are hot too, but you didn't hear that from me. Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, who's cute but pose-y.


Related Links:
At Multiply
Teaser on Truveo
Primer on YouTube
Press: Marion Dela Cruz Denies Being Gay
Jommy Teotico Striptease
Jose Sarasola Bitten By Snake


jaydj said...

I would've watched the entire season religiously but I find it a bit too dragging. I guess I'm used to watching the original Fear Factor where 6 contestants and 3 stunts are done and over in a 30 to 1 hour program with a winner. Pinoy Fear Factor injected an ala-Pinoy Big Brother factor into the season, which wasn't quite what I was keen on seeing. So I just watch from time to time when there are actual stunts being undergone. Great review though ! :)

JOSH said...

happy new year!!! sana makakuha ka ng clip ng redmobile commercial yata yun yung may zodiac thing, yung dlawang basketbolista na nakahubad na cutee guys paggising sa kama.. kilig ako sa commercial na yun at super cute yung dalawang pinoy twinks...ahehehe..pang happy newyear

JL said...

sana gay nalang si Marion. hahay......

paris hilton in payatas said...

i do watch pinoy fear factor now that I am on the night shift... i agree with jaydj that its a bit dragging but damn the stunts are really crazy... they make sure you experience goosebumps while you're at it... feels like you're also doing the dare for the show.... fun!

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